Take it away, Tyrean!
Starting Over Again
Since 2007, I’ve been working in one main fantasy world. Champion in the Darkness took several re-writes to bring to completion in 2013, and I followed it with Champion in Flight (2014), and Champion’s Destiny (beginning of 2016).
As I finished the last book, I started thinking of other ways to expand the Aramatir world with other trilogies. However, I had promised myself that I would do something different this year. I even had three “new-old” projects lined up, partially prepared to go.
Then, in the midst of my Short Story Writing Time (I have time set aside for each kind of writing), I stumbled upon a character and a dilemma that wasn’t going to resolve quickly. In fact, I was 7,000 words into it before I realized that I had written the start of a new novel, and not a short story.
So, now I’m in “A Whole New World” (Cue Music from Aladdin).
But I feel like Luke looking for R2D2 on the horizon, unsure of how much trouble I’m going to be in as I chase down the new
I thought I would have my rough draft of this new project done by now. Cue: hysterical laughter.
What was I thinking?
I love entering a new story, but getting all the layers of world-building together has been both challenging and exciting. I’m only a quarter of the way into my rough draft and it’s a completely horrifying mess. I changed from 1st POV to 3rd POV and back to 1st POV in the first three chapters as I’ve been challenging myself to write in 1st POV; it’s distinctly weird for me to write like that for a character but I felt I needed to get closer to her. I also changed from present to past tense in two chapters, and I’m not sure which one I like best.
I feel like I’m starting everything all over again – everything.
I’ve been doing research, taking notes, asking myself questions, digging into the history of the world as well as the history of the characters, and I feel like this project will be better than anything else I’ve ever written. (Or . . . no, I just won’t go there.)
However, it’s going to take more than a month or two to write. It might take six months, or it might take a year. (I’m trying not to think longer.)
Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep a few non-fiction projects running and some real short fiction moving through the submission cycles.
Is it just me, or is it hard to start over again?